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Egypt death toll soars as Obama leads muted international condemnation

Egyptian security forces clashed with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood for a second day on Thursday as muted international condemnation led by Barack Obama failed to quell violence now said to have killed at least 638 people and wounded many thousands more. The death toll from the ongoing crackdown is…

Sentencing Commission votes unanimously to begin review of prison terms for drug dealers

The US Sentencing Commission has voted unanimously to begin a sweeping review of federal sentences for drug dealers in a move that could herald long-awaited reductions in America’s prison population. Just days after attorney general Eric Holder called for a new approach to the so-called “war on drugs”, the commission…

The White House is finally installing solar panels

The White House is going green. Solar panels are being installed on parts of the residence, a US official said Thursday — making good on a pledge that dates back to 2010. With President Barack Obama and his family vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard for a week, workers equipped with cranes…

Creationist radio ad: Evolution cannot be debunked with reason

You cannot convince people that evolution is false with logic, according to the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. In a 60-second radio ad released Thursday, Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham admitted there was no scientific evidence that conclusively demonstrated that evolution was a lie. But that didn’t…

Michigan appeals court rules in favor of anti-union ‘right to work’ law

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – The Michigan Legislature’s right to create a law that bans mandatory union membership trumps the authority of a state agency that oversees public employment, an appeals court ruled on Thursday. The state legislature passed the “right to work” law in December amid union protests in…

Edward Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell: report

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government’s electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter. Snowden,…

General Motors suspends Egypt operations amid violence

US auto giant General Motors said Thursday that it has shuttered its Cairo office and stopped production due to the unrest in Egypt. “We made the decision to close our Cairo office and halt production operations in our plant in 6th October City,” a GM spokesman said in a statement.…

NASA says the Kepler Space Telescope is beyond repair

NASA said Thursday it cannot fix its hobbled planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and is considering what sort of scientific research it might be able to do at half-capacity. “Today, we are reporting we do not believe we can recover three-wheeled operations, or Kepler’s original science mission,” said Paul Hertz, NASA…

Forget drive-in movie theaters. Zurich now has drive-in ‘sex boxes’

The Swiss city of Zurich on Thursday unveiled a sex drive-in which local authorities say will enable them to keep closer tabs on prostitution, a year after voters backed the plan. Due to be opened officially in a ceremony on August 26, the nine so-called “sex boxes” are located in…

Pentagon announces new measures to combat sexual assault in the military

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military. “Sexual assault is a stain on the…

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